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21  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R3! SU:Sept. 16- Oct. 6, 2014; SO: Nov. 3, 2014 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by vincentvanbuck on: September 22, 2014 08:59:05 PM
I made this little practice patch tonight.  My first one ever!

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22  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: September 22, 2014 08:54:02 PM
Prompt: Yahtzee
Team: Multimedia
Project Name: TM Apple Patch
Brief Description: A multiple of 5, eh?  5 x 1 = .... 5!  This TM patch features five different colors: red, green, brown, white, and black.  I am signing up for the TM patch swap, but I've never made them before, even though I've been planning on it for a long time.  (Remember that I Love Lucy bag I proposed as a research project a year ago?  Yeah, me neither.  Undecided)  ANYWHO, I figured I bet start practicing before the swap, so I made this apple patch to match with a prompt in the HPC.  I chose the black & white fabric because it was simple and I figured the colored thread would show well against it, but I kind of love it because the little ovals ended up making me think of apple seeds or something.
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23  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: September 22, 2014 08:41:15 PM
Whoops!  Totally forgot about the new Headmistress's Challenges.  Glad some of y'all posted them this week to remind me to make one too.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress Challenge - September
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
TM Apple Patch
Brief Description: I'm signing up for the Teesha Moore patch swap.  I've wanted to work on TM patches for a long time, but have never gotten around to it.  Having never made a TM patch before, I figured I needed some practice, so I took inspiration from the Headmistress Challenge and went with an apple theme for my first-ever patch.
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24  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: September 13, 2014 10:12:12 PM
Prompt: September Mob
Team: Multimedia
Project Name:
Purple Figure Study Painting
Brief Description: I made a painting for my home office/craft room.  Most of the stuff I post for craftalongs are things I make for swaps, so it feels nice to take the time to craft something for myself.  I chose the purple color to fit in with a challenge going on in the Harry Potter Craftalong.  The entire thing is done in a single hue (the shading results from applying different amounts of pressure and limiting the amount of paint on my brush).  It is pretty amateurish, but considering I worked on it for less than 90 minutes, I'm decently satisfied with it.  I used a source photo I found on the internet, which was cropped smaller than the scope of my canvas.  I had to "make up" the edges, and I just let the bottom edge trail out.  (In the posted photo, it kind of ends up looking like pixelation/a censor bar to me.  Roll Eyes)
Project Picture: (Note: There's nothing graphic/"private" in the painting, but I know that figure study is not everyone's cup of tea, so for courtesy's sake I've added the Mature tag.)

 
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25  Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: September 13, 2014 09:59:17 PM
Piggy-backing off of Ludi's nerdgasm from earlier, I also received a book from overseas this week.  It is not nearly as obscure as Ludi's find, but I was still pretty darn excited to get my mitts on it:

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26  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: September 13, 2014 09:50:30 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's - Aubergine
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Purple Figure Study Painting
Brief Description: It's been a long time since I crafted something specifically for an HPC prompt.  Everything I've been working on lately has been for the Mini 13 Days of Halloween Swap, but my partner won't be opening that up until October, so I sat down tonight and thought about what I might want to craft for the current Bean.  It's been ages since I took out my paints, so I sat down and did this in about an hour or so.  It's based off of a photo I found on the internet.  The source photo is cropped smaller than the scope of my canvas, so I had to make up the edges and I just let the bottom part trail off.  The whole thing is done in one only one hue of purple -- the shading is achieved by applying different amounts of pressure and keeping minimal paint on the brush.  it is pretty amateurish looking, but considering I only worked on it for less than 90 minutes, I'm relatively satisfied with it.
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Also, on a non-project related note... look what I got in the mail on Friday!!!  Grin

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27  Re: Mini 13 Days of Halloween Round 6 in The Swap Gallery by vincentvanbuck on: September 02, 2014 09:10:09 PM
Received my box of goodies today!  Can't wait to start opening packages next week.  Grin



13 Days of Halloween by cadet120433
Day 1: A terrific felt garland to start off my Halloween decorating.



What's super clever about it is that every chain has velcro patches sewn on, so the garland is completely adjustable and I can turn it into as many mini-garlands as I want!



Day 2: A yummy bag of goodies courtesy of Disneyland.



Day 3: I got these ADORABLE felt/cross-stitched badges.  They are all wonderful, but the skull is definitely my favorite!



Here's a close-up in the morning light to show the color and detail of the skull badge a bit better:



Day 4: Some creepy candles dripping with fresh blood.  (I wonder if someone in my package got a little hungry on the ride over?)



Day 5: Today's package was quite the surprise, as I began opening the package and instantly smelled... cumin?!?



It's a kit of herbs and spices used in magic and spell casting, complete with a handy usage guide.



Day 6: A yarn and felt wreath, to add to my growing collection of Halloween decorations.  I just realized that all my wreath door hangers are packed up with the Christmas stuff... I'm sure they're already available at the stores for Christmas, but I may just add a little ribbon loop and hang it on the wall instead.  Wink



Day 7: DAYUM! I scored big today.  Cheesy  It's an awesome framed American Horror Story: Coven themed cross-stitch piece.  I have a ton of chibi-style x-stitch patterns like this for all sorts of fandoms on my Pinterest, but I don't think I've seen any Coven ones before!  It's awesome, thanks so much cadet.  Grin







Day 8: Some neat looking vintage spooky postcards and a bag of lovely colorful skull beads.



Day 9: This guy was wrapped up in a not-tiny ball of yarn. Wink (Side-note: my partner listed Ouija as one of her likes, and I tried to make her a Ouija altered tin, but was not very pleased with it and scrapped it eventually.  I was bummed it didn't work out, but now that I know she clearly has access to Ouija-themed tins already, I don't feel quite so bad.  Roll Eyes)



The inside had been transformed into a neat little mini-curiosity case, with bottles of interesting miniature things.  Based on earlier conversations with my partner, I suspect the bones may be real!  Shocked  One of the bottles broke a little bit, but thankfully it is just the bottom, so I think it is pretty salvageable.



And I am really not sure about these last two pieces.  The black horn-looking bit (maybe a tooth?) has an interesting, but also kind of pleasant, smell.  (Is it weird that I thought to smell it?!?)



Day 10: Two pins from Disneyland, a cute ghost Mickey for me and The Avengers for my superhero-loving DH.



Day 11: I have been intrigued by this box since receiving my package.  I absolutely love Christmas, so I'm super happy that cadet chose this particular vessel to package Day 11's gift.  I'll definitely be making use of it in a couple of months for decorating.



Little did I realize that the label on top gave a hint as to the contents:



GASP! It's my very own Audrey II from "Little Shop of Horrors!"  Cheesy



This particular item will be staying up year-round in my craft room.  Smiley

Day 12: A very nice bat garland.  It's actually double-sided, so instead of simply glueing the ribbon to the back, she sewed the bats together and the ribbon goes through them.  It looks really nice!





(Ignore my hasty and un-even pinning of this to the wall... I wanted to get pictures up right away.)


Day 13: EEEEP! I have a ton of Ninni stuffies pinned on my Halloween board, but now I have one of my very own.  Luna from Sailor Moon is a perfect choice for connecting a Halloween trope to one of my fandoms. Yep, I'd have to say this is my favorite!



I'd also been saving my extras 'til the end: a Day of the Dead skull wood paintable (I think I will use it as a stencil to make DotD art) and a sparkly bat garland.





Thank you partner for all my goodies!
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28  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014 ~Join anytime!~ in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: August 22, 2014 08:16:51 PM
I cannot believe how busy this summer has been!  School starts on Monday (eek!)  Shocked.  I apologize for not commenting on all of the truly amazing work that's been submitted this season.  Before things get too busy next week, I need to get in one final project dump.

Prompt: July - Midnight Opening
Team: Multimedia
Event:
Craftology
Project Name: Up Altered Puzzle Piece
Brief Description: I made this for a Disney-themed puzzle in the recent altered puzzle swap.  Besides being a wonderful movie in its own right, Up is the first film I ever saw with DH.  Smiley
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Prompt: August - Battle Royale: Fire
Team: Multimedia
Event:
Craftology
Project Name: Fire Altered Puzzle Piece
Brief Description: I made this for a Four Elements-themed puzzle in the recent altered puzzle swap.
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(Bonus Pic - I'm deciding to compete for Fire since I like that piece better, but I also did an Air themed piece for the same puzzle)



Prompt: August Flash Mob - August is Happiness Happens Month
Team: Multimedia
Event:
Yarnology
Project Name: Crochet ball
Project Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBmqBHNLb9E&list=PL9C637493FA54B30A&index=9
Brief Description: I'm learning to crochet!  I'm taking lessons at a local yarn shop with a couple of friends.  Amigurumi has always been on my list of most admired crafts, but I always figured it would be way beyond my ability and take forever to learn.  However, so far I am completely in love with it, and I feel like I am progressing pretty quickly.  I found this tutorial video and used it to start teaching myself how to crochet in the round.
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Prompt: August - Taste the Rainbow
Team: Multimedia
Event:
Yarnology
Project Name: Crochet Practice #1
Brief Description: I crafted this, uh... decorative pot holder?... as a homework assignment for my crochet class.  Although the lighting is awful in this picture, the yarn is brown with yummy-looking "sprinkles" of red, green, blue and yellow throughout.
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Prompt: Rhinestone Cowboy
Team: Multimedia
Event:
Craftology
Project Name: Quotes altered puzzle pieces
Brief Description: I made these two pieces for a quotes-themed puzzle in the recent altered puzzle swap.  I used a shiny silver paint pin to add the stars/lightning bolts.
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Prompt: Version 2.0
Team: Multimedia
Event:
Yarnology
Project Name: Crochet easter egg
Project Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hWSMbMbohU&list=PL9C637493FA54B30A&index=13
Brief Description: This pattern is essentially just an edit of the crochet ball I posted above.  It's also been altered by threading through the white yarn to make a zig-zag pattern.
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Prompt: String Theory
Team: Multimedia
Event:
Yarnology
Project Name: Crochet ghost
Project Link: http://craftyiscool.blogspot.com.au/2011/01/wanna-make-monster.html
Brief Description: The pattern is actually for a baby monster, but since I was using white yarn, I decided to make him a ghost instead.
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Prompt: August - Secret Stash
Team: Multimedia
Event:
Yarnology
Project Name: Crochet Practice #2
Brief Description: More homework for crochet class, this time using yarn I bought months ago for a swap.
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Prompt: Red Alert - Perseid Meteor Show
Team: Multimedia
Event:
Craftology
Project Name: Space Traveler puzzle piece
Brief Description: I made this space traveler for a universe-themed puzzle in the recent altered puzzle swap.
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29  Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces, Round 9 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by vincentvanbuck on: August 22, 2014 06:42:33 PM
I received from hazelly today.  We did a trade for 4 pieces, so now I have a new pair for both my domestic and international cities puzzles.

St. Louis:



Las Vegas (ahh, I love The Strip!):



Paris has such a lovely quality with the contrast of the red against the black & white:



And last but not least, Venice:



They are all really wonderful hazelly, thank you so much!
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30  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by vincentvanbuck on: August 20, 2014 08:04:35 PM
It has been such a busy summer!  I feel bad that I have not been around to comment on everyone's awesome work.  Anyway, school is starting next week (eep!), so I need to get in an end-of-term project dump before then.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Crochet Ball
Project Page Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBmqBHNLb9E&index=9&list=PL9C637493FA54B30A
Brief Description:  My friends and I started taking crochet lessons a couple of weeks ago at a local yarn store.  I found this video tutorial on YouTube to help me start to learn how to crochet in the round.  The yarn is a lovely shade of watery blue.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's Bean - Marshmallow
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Crochet Ghost
Project Page Link: http://craftyiscool.blogspot.com.au/2011/01/wanna-make-monster.html
Brief Description: A cute black and white ghost to help me practice crocheting in the round.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention in the Dungeons - August
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Up Puzzle Piece
Brief Description: I created this Up altered puzzle piece for a Disney theme in the recent puzzle swap.  I absolutely LOVE the way it looks, but quilling all of those balloons is the definition of tedious.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch: Events - Beater
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Quotes Puzzle Pieces
Brief Description: I made these two pieces for a quotes-themed puzzle in the recent Altered Puzzle Swap.  Naturally, since the two pieces come from the same puzzle, they have to go together -- they can't go with any other puzzle!
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch: Events - Chaser
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Foreign Language puzzle pieces
Brief Description: This pair of foreign language-themed puzzle pieces did not take me long to craft.  The first features the first lines from a very famous Tagalog children's song "Bahay Kubo" (My nipa hut), and the second has color words in Korean.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch: Events - Keeper
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Crocheted Easter Egg
Project Page Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hWSMbMbohU&index=13&list=PL9C637493FA54B30A
Brief Description: Crafting this Easter Egg involved many repeated crochet stitches.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch: Event - Cheering/Spirit
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Captain Mickey puzzle piece
Brief Description: In support of the US National Quidditch Team, I crafted this Captain America/Mickey Mouse mash-up puzzle piece.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch: Penalty Shots - Blagging
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Assorted altered puzzle pieces
Brief Description: All together, this assortment of altered puzzle pieces took me well over three hours of crafting time.
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(Four Elements - Air)

(Four Elements - Fire)


(Disney)


(Tudor History)




(Shades of Blue)




(PAIL Awareness)


(Artist's Choice)


(Warm Colors)




(Chocolate and Turquoise)





(Artist's Choice)


Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch: Penalty Shots - Blatching
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Painted poly clay altered puzzle pieces
Brief Description: This set of pieces was made for two different themes - underwater pigs and PAIL (Pregnancy & Infant Loss awareness) -- but they both involved sculpting with poly clay and painting.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch: Penalty Shots - Cobbing
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Universe Traveler puzzle piece
Brief Description: This universe-themed piece was by far the most detailed and intricate of all the ones I made for the recent Altered Puzzle swap.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch: Penalty Shot - Snitchnip
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Crocheted pot holder
Brief Description: Having worked exclusively with a size 7 crochet hook since my very first lesson a couple weeks ago, I wanted to try out working with a bulkier yarn and a bigger hook.  So, I bought an L hook and a chunky brown yarn full of colored specks to make this decorative pot holder.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Quidditch: Penalty Shot - Stooging
House: Ravenclaw
Project Name:
Planetary symbols altered puzzle piece
Brief Description: Altered puzzle pieces are one of my "go-to crafts".  I made this piece featuring the different astrological symbols for the planets for a universe-themed puzzle.
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